The Giant Meat Platter

This is how my hosts and I celebrated after my final talk in Zagreb (the topic was our lack of free will, and it was delivered at the University of Zagreb’s philosophy lecture hall).

Voilà: the Giant Meat Platter, designed to feed six, preceded with pickled red peppers and flatbread, washed down with beer, and finished off with dessert and slivovitz (the local plum brandy).

My hosts hastened to tell me that they don’t always eat like this, and I hasten to tell you that I don’t, either. This is Traveling Food. But it sure was good!

44 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Looks like something Da Bearsss fans would eat on SNL. Come to think of it, I bet some of those guys were Croatian-Americans.

  2. darrelle
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    OMG. Wish I coulda been there for that meal. Well, the talk too, but that meat platter . . .

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      + 1!

    • BJ
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      Me: “Why are you talking? Do you not see all this meat?!?”

      • darrelle
        Posted October 19, 2018 at 6:16 am | Permalink

        🙂

        They can talk, we’ll eat.

        • BJ
          Posted October 19, 2018 at 9:15 am | Permalink

          You’re right. I should not have mentioned the meat. It was a tactical error.

  3. Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    If there is no free will, why do people respond differently to the exact same stimuli? Are the determinists claiming we are all programmed to respond as we do, uniquely?

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Essentially yes, the response is considered an emergent property of a complex series of inputs (genetic, environmental, experiential)over a lifetime. That meat platter made my mouth water, my vegetarian mother would probably have a different response.

    • darrelle
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Yes. How on earth could that possibly pose a problem? Given that the “programming” is everything each individual has experienced since conception how could you suppose that anyone could possibly have the same programming as someone else? Rather, it is impossible for any two people to have the same “programming,” even identical twins.

  4. Simon Hayward
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I’ve eaten my apple and my orange, all I have left is a banana, it’s six hours until dinner time, and you put that in front of me…. 😉

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Must have taken two to carry that to the table.

  6. Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m on a diet, but put a spread like that in front of me and I would admit I do not have free will.

    • yazikus
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      +1
      These food posts have been great. I have a running list of places I want to go (to eat!) and Croatia just jumped up quite a bit.

    • Diane G
      Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:47 am | Permalink

      Not believing in free will does have its perks. 😀

  7. Steve Pollard
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the implication that the greens for this meal amount to maybe a third of a lettuce leaf each; and the carbs are perhaps three saute spuds each. That’s getting your priorities right!

  8. Alan Jardine
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Many years ago I consumed a large quantity of slivovitz one night. But then it was called Yugoslavian peach brandy.
    Funny how booze outlives politics.
    Alan.

  9. Ken Phelps
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    “…designed to feed six…”

    Six *what*???

    • Diane G
      Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:51 am | Permalink

      NFL nose tackles.

      • Merilee
        Posted October 22, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

        “Nose” tackles??

        • Diane G
          Posted October 24, 2018 at 3:31 am | Permalink

          Wikipedia:

          Nose tackle

          Nose tackle (also nose guard or middle guard) is a defensive alignment position for a defensive lineman. In the 3–4 defensive scheme the sole defensive tackle is referred to as the nose tackle.[2] The nose tackle aligns across the line of scrimmage from the offense’s center before the play begins in the “0-technique” position.[3] In this position, frequently taking on the center and at least one if not both of the guards, the nose tackle is considered to be the most physically demanding position in football.[4] In five-linemen situations, such as a goal-line formation, the nose guard is the innermost lineman, flanked on either side by a defensive tackle or defensive end. According to Pat Kirwan, a traditional 3–4 defense demands “a massive man who can clog up the middle,” while a 4–3 defense is looking for “a nose tackle who relies on quickness to penetrate and move along the front.”[3]

          Typical 3–4 nose tackles are “big wide bodies who can hold the point of attack and force double teams by the guard and center.”[3] They are usually the heaviest players on the roster, with weights ranging from 320 to 350 pounds (145 to 159 kg). Also, height is critical, as they are supposed to get “under” the offensive line, which means ideal 3–4 nose tackles are no taller than 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).[3] Recent examples of such nose tackles include Gilbert Brown, Casey Hampton, Jamal Williams, Vince Wilfork, and Damon Harrison. Rather uncommon are taller nose tackles, such as Ted Washington and Ma’ake Kemoeatu, who each won a Super Bowl ring are both 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall.

          • rickflick
            Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

            I’m envisioning a Neanderthal.

          • Merilee
            Posted October 24, 2018 at 9:32 am | Permalink

            TMI (LOL).
            I am probably the “ignorantest” Yank re: football. I do understand soccer and hockey and baseball and basketball…

  10. Debbie Coplan
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how you wash a plate that size when all is said and done…

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Put it on the floor, the cat and/or d*g will run it through a rough tongue cycle

      • Merilee
        Posted October 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

        Rough tongue cycle +1
        Ready to put back in the cupboard😻

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted October 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Put it on the floor, the cat and/or d*g will run it through a rough tongue cycle

      • Simon Hayward
        Posted October 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

        No idea how I double posted that! Sorry

        • Ken Phelps
          Posted October 18, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

          It was the cat, just trying to plant the seed….

  11. Michael Fisher
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    That meal needs a campfire setting

  12. Posted October 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    A neanderthal feast?

    rz

  13. Merilee
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    ✔️✔️

  14. Bat
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, what are the meats?

    • Posted October 18, 2018 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      As I was told, two kinds of sausages, pork steak, minced beef, and (I think) chicken.

  15. Posted October 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    That is no country for old vegans.

  16. Posted October 18, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Feed 6? I should think that divided up for 30 people would have provided a sufficient daily dose of animal protein. What are the yellow objects in the middle? Potatoes?

  17. Posted October 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    The first time I was invited to a Harvard Professor’s house for dinner (freshman seminar so there were about 8 of us) Dr. Damon pulled out slivovitz for us to sample. I grew up with prohibitionist parents so I had no idea what it was. It was so fiery that I triggered a major sneeze; very embarrassing

  18. rickflick
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    1) Wouldn’t it be amazing if a small family of Neanderthals joined you for dinner.

    2) Are mostly men excited about a meat serving like this? Are the women waiting for the vegetables to follow?

    • Posted October 18, 2018 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

      This was an all-male group: the four professors who hosted me and the Croatian publisher of my books.

    • Diane G
      Posted October 22, 2018 at 4:54 am | Permalink

      *drooling over meat platter* Let’s not be sexist about this.

      😀

      • rickflick
        Posted October 22, 2018 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

        My wife and daughter like Brussels sprouts and kale. To me, they are just this side of fatally toxic. I’m actually less a meat fan than fish.

        • Merilee
          Posted October 23, 2018 at 12:13 am | Permalink

          Ya gotta cook the brussels sprouts right, i.e. roasted in the oven or in a pan with lots of garlic and lemon and a little balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. The mushy kind are abysmal.

          • rickflick
            Posted October 23, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

            It’s gratifying to know some folks are tolerant. 😎

  19. BJ
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    This is like a dream. I want to live in this dream.


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